A bottle of pear charm :)
After a long old week at work there is nothing I look forward to more than a bottle of cider, so my hubby brings me home some Bulmers cider on Friday night, I tried the apple cider first which don't get me wrong I also very much enjoyed but found very sweet, but after drinking the pear Irish cider, I have come to the conclusion this is my favorite, although I have yet to test the other varieties, this cider is described as having a unique taste and as a cider lover I must agree with them yes this does have a unique, sweet, pleasant flavor which is most enjoyable served over ice and is very refreshing and packed full with a nice crisp fruity flavor, drinking this cider leaves me with a smile on my face after a long week at work. would I recommend to a friend, well actually I have already, I found them in my local supermarket on offer and at a price we can afford a most definite future purchase, the bottle was glass and had a nice noticeable label on the front which apparently why he chose this particular cider over the others although the label was simple it apparently stood out, does look like a bottle of beer to me mind. Be warned this cider is pretty sweet but has a very rich flavor and is full of fizzing body when poured, it smells of lovely ripe pears, leaves a small amount of aftertaste but still very refreshing and enjoyable, thumbs up from me.
The Reverand Charles Bulmer created his first Cider factory and orchard in 1887 in Herefordshire(the county where I live). Production and demand continued to grow and by 1931 the company employed 431 people. By 1971 a factory had been set up in New South Wales, Australia and by 1994 Bulmers cider was being exported to 30 different countries. These days Bulmers cider is available at most pubs and supermarkets and it continues to grow and become even more successful. To me it sadly epitomises one of the few good things about the county!
Before beginning this review, I would like to say, I enjoy most bulmers products from bottle or draught and they all are very well made, and taste fantastic and I would recommend them all. The new products with all strange but fun and exotic tastes are also great tasting and well worth buying.
However, I have had this drink only once, and will only ever drink it once, this is because I do not enjoy pear ciders (they are too sweet). Despite this I do enjoy thinking about the products I consume and believe I can provide a good and accurate description of the product, without being one sided.
The packaging is reasonably appealing in its average bottle shape and basic green label (the usual colour for any pear cider) and the bold, recognisable figure of the Bulmers logo. It is not the most eloquent or interesting design but it does make it clear and obvious what it is and who makes it and other important information you would expect to see on a bottle.
Now for the important stuff.
It is a very enticing golden colour, almost like apple juice and was very fizzy from the first pour to the last mouthful, with a very persistent bubbliness throughout.
Strangely does not smell too much of pear but just has a generic apple cider scent, hopefully that makes sense.
It is extremely crisp and sweet from start to finish, making it extremely thirst quenching. The pear taste was minimal, which to me was a positive (as I am not a fan) but just that little amount was enough to put me off.
I would say, this product is a great product worth purchasing for those who enjoy pear cider. I do not want my personal quirks and favourites effect anyone else''''s decision. I think it is a product worth buying for anyone who enjoys pear cider, it has all the key components necessary to be a great tasting cider
Bulmer's is Ireland's number 1 cider and a drink I very much enjoy. There is nothing better than an ice cold cider on a hot day to accompany a barbecue and that's exactly what we got up to this weekend in the glorious sunshine. Unfortunately our local Tesco store ahd run out of Stella Artois Cidre (my favourite cider at the moment) and only had this pear cider and not the original so pear cider it was. The pear cider comes in a similar bottle to the original Bulmer's but it is a little bit of a lighter green so you can tell the difference but you do need to look quite closely.
Bulmers has a long history and according to an article I read, "Commercial cider production was started in Clonmel in the 1930s, by local man William Magner. Dowd's Lane in Clonmel was the original location of this burgeoning enterprise. Mr Magner quickly established a successful business and, in 1937, he joined forces with the English cider-makers H.P. Bulmer and Co of Hereford, securing the rights to the Bulmers brand name in the Republic of Ireland. In 1946, Mr. Magner withdrew from the business and in 1949 the Bulmers name came to the fore."
What I love about Bulmers is that although it has quite a strong cider taste it is not in any way bitter or too overpowering, in fact I find it lovely and smooth and really easy to drink. The pear variety in my opinion is a lovely addition to the Bulmer's range. According to an article I read, "Pear was the first flavour variation for Bulmers since their doors opened. It was launched in 2009 and became an instant success. Bulmers use only the finest pears to deliver a premium quality pear cider. This pear cider is patiently vat matured to give Bulmers its natural refreshing taste and smooth character."
The pear flavour is absolutely beautiful. It is subtle as you can still taste the apples in my opinion more than you can taste the pear but the flavour combination really works and it produces a really fruity light perfect cider drink. The best way to drink this cider is ice cold over ice cubes in a big pint glass. The flavour is fresh and refreshing and the nice thing is I don't think this is quite as alcoholic tasting as some cheaper ciders can be.
The Bulmers Pear variety comes in pint bottles and contain 4.5% alcohol. At the moment you can purchase three bottles in Tesco for £5 which is a good price in my opinion and a perfect summer drink to accompany your barbecues.
Cider I have to admit is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks especially with a bit of ice or even after its been in the fridge overnight as I tend to not like drinks too fizzy. This is a drink that I like to drink before I go out or with a pub meal as I find it nice and refreshing. Bulmer's pear cider is one of the cider drinks that I drink the most although it does taste a bit more of apple than pear it is also quite sweet, but the advantage is that I don't find it too overpowering and its cold and refreshing after being in the fridge. It's not too alcoholic as it is only 4.5% alcoholic which means you can have a few, I don't find it too expensive either as I have purchased this for £1.80 and it is often on promotion at Morrison's in which you can get crates at mix and match 3 for £20. Definitely a drink that I am going to continue to drink. I find it a bit more refreshing than Strongbow as i find that has a harsher more bitter taste i prefer it more subtle like the bulmers pear cider.
In a previous review I mentioned that Cider is a drink I tend to buy in the warmer months when the sun is shining and I want something refreshing with a bit of a bite to cool me down and enjoy. Generally I would go for Magners Cider poured over ice as my first choice but as Bulmers was on offer recently in Tesco I decided to buy a few bottle of this premium brand in to try, I enjoyed the Apple cider as mentioned in a past review but also bought in a bottle of Pear Cider as I wanted to see what that was like never as never tried it before...
Bulmers Pear Cider
I'm not going to pad out this review with information on Bulmers as a brand as that's not what you're reading this to find out, instead I'll mention the bottle and pick out the relevant details I think are important. So, my bottle of Pear Cider is brown with a bright green label and foil neck, I am informed that this is a premium cider made from the 'finest Pears to deliver a quality refreshing taste' and that a single bottle is the equivalent of 2.6 UK units of alcohol. As the daily guidelines suggest that men consumer no more than 3-4 units per day and women 2-3 one of these will just about 'use up' your allowance should you choose to follow the advice given. My 568ml bottle has an alcohol content of 4.5% vol and Bulmers suggest that this is best served over ice so that's what I did.
Apple Cider is, in my opinion, an acquired taste and I was expecting the Pear Cider to be similar if not a little bit sweeter. Apple Cider can be bitter I find and I do tend to drink mine over ice to dilute the flavour if I'm being honest as I can often find it to be very sharp and tangy. Pear Cider is different, it is sweeter but for me was far smoother than Apple cider and I think I made the mistake of adding too much ice to my drink this time as a lot of the flavour seemed to be lost. There are unmistakeable hints of Pear in this which should come as no surprise given what it actually is but on the whole I found this drink to have less of an impact on my tastebuds. It is refreshing, the flavour is nice if not a little weak and I was reminded of Perry wine but one with a distinct lack of 'oomph' however I do put this down to the fact that I probably over-diluted it with ice.
I found that this did drink better than Apple Cider and that rather than sipping it slowly and allowing it to last me a while I finished my bottle in no time and overall I would say that I did prefer this one over Bulmers Original. Because I over-drank Apple Cider in my younger days I can't really drink too much of it now and even though it is a drink I always associate with Summer and would be my first choice when I want something to refresh and cool me down I could easily become converted to Pear Cider after drinking this. My bottle managed to fill a pint glass which had plenty of ice in it and left me with round about a third of the cider left which I later enjoyed without ice. Second time around I could detect more depth of flavour and more of an alcoholic edge to the drink and I do think that's the way I would drink this if I was to buy it again in the future.
For me this tasted like a cross between a traditional Cider and Perry Wine and was a drink I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. It is undoubtedly refreshing, it's not quite as fizzy as Bulmers Original and didn't make me feel gassy or bloated, instead it went down nicely and I enjoyed the flavours it offered. I still think that Cider is a drink to enjoy in the sunshine at home or maybe in pub garden and would accompany any light lunch well. For many Pimms would be their idea of a summer drink but I'm a cider drinker all the way and whilst Magners would still be my first choice for Apple Cider I would buy this Pear Cider from Bulmers again without question.
I gave Bulmers Original Cider 4 stars as a rating in my other review and I'm giving the same rating here for this one. I enjoyed it, I don't think it needs as much ice adding to the drink as I originally did but that comes down to personal preference anyway and how you like to take your drink in the first place. I paid £1.99 for my bottle but it was included in a 3 for 2 promotion instore at Tesco and frequently appears either on offer or in a combination deal along with other drinks. I would buy it again and given the choice I would select this one over the Apple Cider but both offer a refreshing drink which I enjoyed and I was not disappointed with either.
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When I go for a night out I always have spirits to drink with a diet mixer, vodka mainly, I am definitely not a beer drinker, in fact I cannot stand the smell of it. However a couple of Christmas's ago I decided to give Pear cider a try, it smelt nothing like the usual beer or lager that I cannot stand, but instead smelt fruity and really not like an alcoholic drink. After trying it a couple of years ago I love it, to be honest it is something that I only really have at home but it really has grown on me. I think that I would go for a vodka and diet coke most of the time, but pear cider does make a nice change. This Christmas as with the previous 2 Christmas's I decided to buy some Pear Cider, looking around my local Tesco I noticed that Bulmers Pear Cider was on offer, being much cheaper than the other brands I decided to give it a go.
The Bulmers Pear Cider comes in a tall dark brown glass bottle, it has a roundish shaped label stuck in the middle of the bottle, this has a picture of an apple in black in the centre of it outlined in gold, this has a green border around it, in turn this is outlined with a gold line followed by a thin white border. In the centre of the black apple shape are the words Blumers (written in large white letters) Pear (written in green letters) and above this is written Estd 1887.. On the edge of the apple shape and slightly overlapping onto the green border are 2 gold coloured pears, the Bulmers signature is also written next to this picture in gold. Right at the bottom of the label on the edge of the green border is written "Premium Quality Cider" this is written in very thin black writing and really does not stand out against the main writing in the centre of the label. There is a small rectangle label stuck on the back of the bottle, this is mainly black and green in colour, there is a black band across it with the words Bulmers (in white writing) Pear (in green writing) written across the centre of it. The rest of the label is green and is covered in small black writing, consisting of a small sentence about the Pear Cider product and the recommended units per day, along with warnings about drinking alcohol. All of this information is very clear and easy to read and the black writing really stands out against the green background. The bottle has the typical metal ridged lid which has to be removed by a bottle opener, this is gold in colour and quite rough around the edges. The whole top of the bottle is covered by a green foil which comes part of the way down the neck of the bottle, it has a small black apple logo printed on it along with the words Bulmers Pear, the small apple logo has a B written in the middle of it in green.
On the back of the bottle the cider is described at using the finest pears to deliver the premium quality cider which has a natural and refreshing taste. When I first decided to try Pear Cider I was a bit concerned that it was going to taste like beer or lager (horrible in my opinion) The smell as I have mentioned was nothing like what I was expecting, it had quite a fruity smell to it, whilst there was a slight smell of alcohol present in the background the main smell was of fruit. I poured a small amount of the cider into a glass and it was a light amber colour and clearly carbonated. After I drank a small amount of the pear cider I was surprised at how fruity the cider tasted, again the taste was clearly of an alcoholic drink but the main taste was that of pears, the cider had a slightly sweet taste to it but not too sweet that it was sickly. I did find the cider quite fizzy and I also noticed that it held its fizz for quite some time, with some alcoholic drinks which are carbonated I have noticed that they do loose their fizz quite quickly leaving them very flat which is not always a good thing, however with Bulmers Pear cider it really does keep its fizz for a long time, which personally I think enhances the taste.
I bought my Bulmers Pear Cider from my local Tesco and bought a pack of 8 1 pint bottles for just £5.00, they were on offer at the time and should have been around £10.00, it was just a few days before Christmas and a lot of products were on offer so I had to get a box. Bulmers Pear Cider can also be bought in single bottles, these cost £1.65 per pint bottle in Tesco, but are currently on offer for 3 bottles for £4.00, a good offer but not as good as the offer I got at Christmas.
The warnings on the back of the bottle really are pretty much standard in that it states "know your limits" and it also warns about drinking whilst pregnant. The recommended units for both men and woman are also shown on the back of each bottle, and these are as follows
Men - 3 to 4 units per day
Woman - 2 to 3 units per day
It also warns not to exceed this guideline on a regular basis, below this is the website www.drinkaware.co.uk
Whilst I do really enjoy Bulmers Pear Cider it is definitely a drink I would mainly drink at home, as they come in pint bottles I think if I spent the night drinking these I would spend half of my time in the loo. Personally I find Bulmers an extremely refreshing and cooling drink, it makes an excellent drink on a warm summers evening, although saying that it is suitable for every occasion (depending on your personal taste)
For me it is a drink I would have relaxing at home rather on a night out. But despite this I would recommend Bulmers Pear Cider, it is of an excellent quality, has a lovely fruity flavour which is not over powered by the flavour of alcohol. I have to agree with statement on the back of the bottle in that it really does have a natural and refreshing taste, the lovely taste of pear really does enhance the flavour of the cider itself. Overall I definitely would recommend Bulmers Pear Cider to anyone.
At one time (a long time ago) I was a complete party animal. However no longer am I and I wouldn't say I'm at all anti-drink but it's really occasionally I participate as I find that alcohol really doesn't suit my somewhat fiery temperament at all!
However I now live in Somerset and my mate runs a pub so I find that I'm expected to be a cider drinker by her punters and constantly have people buying me drinks which means that of late I have not only suffered a fair few hangovers but that I'm becoming rather expert on cider too! lol
Pear cider isn't all that familiar to me at all however. I have tried one brand in the past that I rather liked but forgot about so the other night when I spotted this in the supermarket I decided to grab a bottle and give it a go!
I purchased this in a 1L size that cost me £1.62 a bottle in Asda though of course it is available to purchase in a variety of places and in different sizes too.
So my bottle is dark brown and very slightly see-through and has a gold coloured screw on/off cap to the top of it. Around the neck of the bottle and on the front of it too I am told that it is Bulmers Pear Premium Quality Cider and there is a picture of a pear on there. on the back label I am told a bit about the product, units of alcohol per drink are given as is the size of the bottle stated (as I've listed already) and the best before date is clearly stamped on. Nice enough bottle and of course it is informative as it it needs to be!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Bulmers uses only the finest pears to deliver a premium quality pear cider. Our pear cider is patiently vat measured to given Bulmers it's natural refreshing taste and smooth character. Bulmers.....making cider since 1887.
The Drink Itself:
The drink as soon as you open it up has a rich aroma of pears to it with a natural sweetness hovering over the top of that. It's a light golden colour with a small hint of fizz though not a really bubbly one to be fair to it though it certainly isn't 'flat' as such neither.
This is actually a rather nice pear cider to be fair to it. Light and crisp it's distinctly pear cider and nothing else and by that I mean there isn't even a hint of other fruits in there which I really do appreciate!
Best served cold or with ice I find that this isn't too sweet, does possess a slight tangy sourness to it but it really doesn't make breath stink after consuming it or leave any weird after-taste which I find more usual than unusual when it comes to ciders really of any type...just be aware though that no matter how much this tastes good it is alcoholic and is 4.5% although again for cider that really is too bad!
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I am a big fan of pear ciders which is no secret and in particular I find Kopperberg to be one of the best; though that's just my opinion.
With the popularity of the pear cider phenomenon in recent times it's also seen the prices of such popular brands soar. For a regular sized bottle of Kopperberg it is well over the £2.30 mark at our local supermarket, so I thought I would test out one of it's competitors and started scouring the shelves..
Having perused the alcohol section for quite some time I found this rather large bottle of Bulmers Pear Cider to stand out. The fact that it was 1 litre and cost a mere £2 had nothing to do with it at all!
I have never tried Bulmers cider though when I worked in a pub a few years ago it was at the time that the likes of Magners became *trendy* and though we stocked both varieties Magners always seemed to be the first choice and poor Bulmers was always the least favourite.
Not to be deterred though I bought it anyway and tested that very evening..
Price and packaging~
The price as mentioned was £2 at the time of writing this though it was an offer price. The normal RRP is still relatively low though at only £2.60 which seems quite a bargain in comparison with other brands.
The bottle is nothing overly exciting - it's a large brown glass bottle that tapers in towards the neck and has a screw fasten top. There is a green label on the front with the wording but apart from that it doesn't have any other redeeming features.
The taste test~
On unscrewing the lid I nearly severed my finger on the sharpness of the metal - don't know whether it was a one off with my bottle but just beware when opening!
The first thing I heard when the lid was removed was the fizzing of the bubbles. I'm not really a fan of overly fizzy drinks, but I thought I would let the bubbles die down first when poured into a glass before I took a sip and that would sort that out.
I needn't have worried too much as not long after pouring into a glass the bubbles seem to evaporate almost immediately. The colour of the cider was how you would expect it to look - it looked reminiscent of an apple juice once the fizz had gone.
The main thing I noticed before even sipping this drink was the lack of pear smell - there was absolutely none. It did however have a strong scrumpy jack scent to it and I wasn't looking too forward to it by now as I don't like apple cider at all.
On actually drinking it I was not surprised at all at the taste - it was just like drinking apple cider just as I feared it would be.
Though the bubbles had gone it still had a fizz when drinking which wasn't too pleasant if I'm being honest.
I did drink the glass I'd poured but very unlike me I gave the rest of the bottle to my husband. At first he said no as he doesn't like pear cider but likes the apple variety. As soon as he tasted it he remarked that it tasted of apples and not pears so I knew it wasn't just my taste buds playing up.
Would I recommend this?
If you are an apple cider fan then you will love this - particularly if you prefer the dry, crisp variety. If like me you like sweet pear ciders then avoid this totally as you will be disappointed.
I'm going to give it 4 out of 5 as it didn't taste bad it just wasn't what I was expecting.
A very nice tasting cider and made with pears is quite rare to be honest, this works however! Bulmers have been making quality cider for over a century now and this doesnt let them down.
It comes in a variety of packaging such as the 568ml Pint Bottle, 330ml long neck bottle and 500ml can. Once opened you get a nice fizz and you can start to drink it, either from the bottle or can or in a nice cool glass depending on your desire.
Recently I bought several bottles of 568ml Pear Cider from my local somerfield for £1.84, although I notice at Tesco they are currently on special offer of £1.38. This compares to the price I pay down the Pub which is a massive £3.50. Altough the Original Cider is a few pence cheaper
I found the taste quite crisp and sweet when I first tried it. I was a little bit thirsty and I found it was rather refreshing and made my thirst quickly disappear. There was definitely a hint of pear in the taste but not much more than that, several people have agreed with me on that aswell. If anything it tasted more like apple cider with a sharper flavour, that seemed to have a bit of oomph about it.
Well worth trying though i thought. It tasted refreshing and quite sweet. Great for drinking with lots of ice after a hard day at work. I certainly will be trying this again and it makes a rather nice change, although I must admit a few bottles is probably enough of it for me. Although it tasted more like Apple Cider than Pear Cider to me, maybe thats due to the pears they use i dont know.
About the company: http://www.bulmer.com/bulmerscider
Customer Careline: 0845 303 0351
For further information about the company: http://www.bulmer.com/bulmerscider
Customer Careline: 0845 303 0351
My daughter recommended this to me and I decided to give it a try. I bought one bottle for £1.80 in the local shop.
It comes in a fairly dark coloured botte with green labelling that states the product brand - Bulmers in big lettering. TIt's only 4.5% so it's a good one to drink when you're out and don't want to get drunk.
When I opened it and poured it into my glass, it looked like fizzy wine, not dark enough to be cider. It didn't smell at all like pear, I thought it was more like apple and checked the bottle incase I'd bought the wrong one, but no, sure enough it was pear cider.
The first sip I quite liked. It doesn't taste at all like pears, more like a slightly watered down apple cider because it isn't strong at all. I prefer this though, I don't really drink so I don't like anythihng strong when I do have a bit to drink. I had a few more swigs of it and I like it. It has a fairly sourish taste really and it doesn't quench your thirst, if anything, it made me want to drink a bit of water because it made me thirsty.
I carried on drinking the bottle of cider for a little while, but I began to feel a bit sick. It made me feel a bit 'gassed up' like I had held my breath and drank a lot of cola. I didn't like this at all and felt really uncomfortable.
I don't think this is much of a ladies drink really. I didn't like it that much, the taste was OK, if I was in a bar, I'd probably want a glass of it, but not a bottle, I couldn't finish it and my daughter ended up having it off me but she really likes it, so all in all, it's down to preference.
I don't like cider so when my cousin gave me a bottle of this Bulmers pear cider I thought it would be as bad as the Strongbow and other ciders that I've had in the past and hated.
The difference is that this one doesn't taste harsh or catch at the back of my throat like other ciders do. It's a proper refreshing drink that is more like an alcopop than cider because it's so sweet and smooth to drink. It's fizzier than I thought it would be but I love it that you can taste the pear in it because apple cider tastes nothing like apples but this one tastes like alcoholic pear juice! It's mad that it should taste so nice because cider is naturally a rank drink and that's why the wreck heads drink it in the park but this is a more sophisticated drink.
I like the fact that the taste of pears wears off after a bit and then the drink is just very fruity with a refreshing bite after each mouth full. I don't get that horrible furry taste in my mouth like I do with normal cider and this one is so refreshing that it makes my mouth feel clean after I've drunk it.
I also like the way this pear cider is a bit tangy but stays smooth as I drink it, it doesn't feel harsh at all in my throat but it's stronger than it tastes and even though it's only got an alcohol content of 4.5% it made me feel tipsy quicker than it should have.
I won't drink this too often because I had a bit of a headache the morning after and I can't be arsed with getting hangovers because I've got too much to do in the day. I reckon this is the perfect bbq drink when it's hot because poured into a glass with ice it's proper refreshing and would cool you down good on a hot day.
Bulmers Pear Cider
At a party of mine, my very close friend (...) forgot to get me a present, and after much apologies, gave me a bottle of Bulmers Pear Cider...
I was rather put off, as it is a large, brown glass bottle with a traditional style cap. I don't drink beer, and had never tried cider, and having been so used to dainty vodka and mixers, I was rather tentative! The cap is covered in green foil with the Bulmers logo. The label is round, lime green with a black apple contataining the words 'Bulmer Pear', with picture of a couple of pears.
Smell and Taste
Once opened, you're hit with a lovely smell; sweet, tangy cider, with a hint of pear... it is very refreshing, and very tempting!
The taste is sweet, crisp and refreshing yet wonderfully sweet aswell. It tastes like a naughty pear juice or something that a child would have... It's sweet and fruity, with the slight alcoholic taste. It also tastes distinctively cider-ish, but they just use pears instead. Which is good, because I have tasted some pear ciders that are very very fake. I always have mine ice cold, because I drink it slower, which prevents the sickness felt when drank to quickly! (which believe me, you will do, as it is soooo yummy!)
You get a lot in the large bottle (568ml), but its perfect for limiting the amount you drink, as it will last you a while if you pace yourself a bit (which is hard, see above comment!)
Somerfield but Asda sell it for £1.86 a bottle, but there are often offers such as 3 for £5. Although at pubs, they sell from about £3.20 - £4.
I really enjoy this pear cider and have it as my chosen drink now at pubs and when chilling with mates. It's seriously lovely, and doesn't give me a banging headache in the morning! (but may give me stomach issues if I get too gluttonous!) Seriously reccomended.
I guess that shoddy forgetful friend isn't so bad after all!
Saw this at my local shop at £1.89 and was intrigued to say the least. I'd not seen pear cider before so decided to make the investment.
The cider comes in a non descript dark bottle with basic labelling. This drink comes in at a reasonable 4.5% ABV. If it was any more than 5% I'm not sure I would have bought it so maybe this is deliberately kept at a reasonable level to keep it mainstream.
When I opened the bottle I took a deep sniff and smelt..........sparkling wine?!?!?! There is a hint of apple cider about the smell too but I was beginning to wonder if this was really made from pears at all.
The first few sips offered very little in terms of taste, it was a bit like a watered down version of the Bulmer's apple cider version. Seeing as I was drinking this with my dinner (fish and chips) I decided to rebuild my thirst a bit. I salted my chips, ate a handful of them and armed with a new found thirst attacked the bottle again.
Taste test take 2: I had a major glug this time. I drank this bad boy until there was about a third of it left. And then it hit me - the faintest hint of pear. Eureka!! Or not as the case may be.
This product is quite tasteless and unless you are prepared to glug mass amounts of it then you will not really be rewarded with much flavour. It is also not exactly dissimilar to the apple version which at least has more taste to it.
By the end of my taste test I was full of chips and fizzy cider and was not feeling at my best. This is not a drink to have with a meal in my opinion.
Overall this is not an unpleasant drink but I cannot recommend something you have to work so hard to get a taste of. Stick with the apple variety. Oh, and please enjoy in moderation :)
This Bulmers Pear Cider I have only just started drinking this summer to be honest. The first reason for the purchase was to find a drink my wife would like. It was a hot day and got a bargain of 3 bottles for £4, so I brought two bottles of apple and one Pear ciders straight from the fridge in the shop.
I got home and put them in our fridge to have later. I opened the Pear and poured out into two glasses onto some ice, then presented it proudly to my wife. It was beautiful, you could feel the coolness and the flavour go all the way down.
Depending on everyone's taste being different, I found it was suitable for me a slightly dry texture, but fruity with a not too strong aroma. The quantity is just right especially if I was watchiing a football match it would last one per each half if not the whole game.
This is a drink that you need to drink sensibly to get the enjoyment and I would not attempt to over exceed my limits.
The labelling is simple and I like the advice on the back "Know your limits" and the suggestion for serving over ice and the customer careline.
The ingredients are a bit sparce with Sulphates for freshness. This is my only reservation as this has been standard in many other brands for many years.
However I feel that there are many forms of sulphates and other ingredients for obvious extention of shelf life, which again I feel a bit of an issue for the younger drinkers who intend to abuse the consumption of these drinks and feel the Know your limits should be made clearer and the Bar codes made smaller.
The green Foil (Pear) and Gold for (Apple) on top gives the bottle that extra recognition and style.
I have mixed feelings on the bottle top, because you may have to consume it all in a short time.
I have a way of getting around this. (Tim's Tips)
When you open the lid, lever up gently. This will just spread the skirting of the top to slide over the rim and the skirting will spring back to a degree so you can press back it on. Make sure top is flat then press in the skirting until firm. You can do this with a pair of narrow pliers but don't over do it or you can break the glass.
Cider has always been one of my favourite drinks. In my younger days I used to love either Strongbow or Woodpecker Ciders. These days there seems more choice with more extensive advertising campaigns to encourage us on warm summer days to enjoy a refreshing glass of cider with ice.
==About Bulmers cider:==
The Rev Charles Bulmer established his first Cider factory and orchard in 1887 in Hereford. Production and demand continued to grow and by 1931 the company employed 431 people. By 1971 a factory had been set up in New South Wales, Australia and by 1994 Bulmers cider was being exported to 30 different countries. These days Bulmers cider is available at most pubs and supermarkets; it is a real success story and continues to be.
Within the Bulmers cider range there are now three products. You have the original cider, which has been the hallmark of the company's success. But in 2007 the company started producing and selling Pear Cider and the following year Bulmers light joined the team. This is 30% lower in calories to the original Bulmers cider.
In the past two years Bulmers Original and Pear Cider have as well as being available in their traditional bottles are also available on draft. This in theory will make the drink cheaper and reduce production costs.
==How much does Bulmers Pear Cider cost?==
I can only comment for the bottles as I have yet to see the draft cider in my local pub. Recently I bought several bottles of 568ml Pear Cider from my local supermarket for £1.84, although I notice at Tesco they are currently on special offer of £1.38. This compares very favourably to the price I pay down the Pub this is a massive £3.50. While the Original Cider is a few pence cheaper.
You can buy these singularly as above or in packs of 8 currently on sale at £12.00.
When I compare this product to its nearest competition Magners for the same size bottle Bulmers is currently cheaper. A 568ml bottle currently is on sale at my Supermarket for £1.99.
My Bulmers Pear Cider comes in a stylish 568ml brown bottle. It looks very effective when next to a light green labels on the bottle. Advising the makers name very proudly and the product details. What does surprise me is the product has a very traditional lid which you need a can opener to open it up with. I can see this as a disadvantage in some situations for example a picnic where you can easily forget the bottle opener!!
While on the rear of the bottle you have more information about the product. It tells you that it is alcohol strength is 4.5%. While giving some responsible advice about the recommended units of alcohol for both women and men, telling us not to exceed these levels. What I like is the bottle clearly has a best before date, which is well over a year away so I have plenty of time to enjoy it.
==More product information:==
About the company: http://www.bulmer.com/bulmerscider
Customer Careline: 0845 303 0351
==Look and smell:==
Oddly enough it smelt a little like champagne to me initially. But after clearing my nasal passages I could detect more of the traditional cider aroma. I must admit pear did not spring to mind it was more of an apple smell. It did smell appealing and looked it too.
I poured some if it into a glass, it was initially quite fizzy and in appearance and colour it reminded me of clear apple juice. It was golden in colour and reminded me of the old Woodpecker cider I drunk many years before.
I found it tasted quite crisp and sweet when I first tried it. I was quite thirsty and I found it was refreshing and made my thirst quickly disappear. There was definitely a hint of pear in the taste but not much more than that. If anything it tasted more like apple cider with a sharper flavour, that seemed to have a bit of bite about it.
Firstly and most importantly the taste. I found it an unusual flavour if I had be blind folded and asked to say what I was drinking I would have said it was a strong apple cider with a hint of something fruity. But as I knew exactly what I was drinking I was confused. Only when I carefully and slowly drunk the liquid could I detect some pear within it.
I found it quite pleasant and tasty. Enjoying my first glass. I must admit these days I hardly drink but I did feel that this tasted quite strong and although only 4.5% alcohol it tasted more to me. It wasn't that fizzy just a refreshing and sweet tasting beverage.
I found it hard to consume the whole bottle. It was more than a pint and although it tasted good I did get a bit bored with the taste. I would recommend this with lashings of ice, as it certainly is a summer drink. I probably still prefer the original Bulmers cider but this makes a nice change. I can see many people sitting in their gardens or beer gardens drinking and enjoying this. But I'm not sure you can drink that many of them.
The marketing of these I think is very good and while I was writing this review an advert for Bulmers actually came on. I think it is a classic summer drink like Pimms to be enjoyed will the sunshines.
The main annoying factor was the old-fashioned crown lid that requires a beer can opener to get at the drink. I found this surprising as a twist lid would be much more affective. The design and look of the bottle was very effective and eye catching. I was a little confused with the ingredients as the only thing the bottle mentioned on the back was Pear Cider contains Sulphites. Is that all the drink contains? I found that doubtful there must be other ingredients to this drink, but no-where on the bottle or the web site does it list them.
Well worth trying in my view. It tasted refreshing and quite sweet. Great for drinking with lots of ice after a hard day, hopefully in a Pub Garden enjoying the sunshine. I certainly will be trying this again; it makes quite a nice change although I must admit one bottle is probably too much of it for me. Although it tasted more like Apple Cider than Pear Cider to me.
Thanks for reading.
This review is published under my user name on Ciao and Dooyoo.
@CPTDANIELS August 2009
Brand: Bulmers / Type: Cider